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New Reading List, New Time and Place

The Spring 2012 reading list is now available, starting off with the 2011 Booker Man prize winner—A Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes. (See details in the right sidebar under “Currently Reading.”

Spring 2012 also brings a new meeting time and place. We will now meet on the second Friday at noon at the University Club in the basement of Davis Hall. We hope this time and place will be more convenient for potential attendees.

See you all there!

Room by Emma Donoghue

Check out Emma Donoghue talking about her book, Room.

Looking forward to talking with you at our discussion on February 10, about this amazing book!

The Forgotten Garden

Last week the club members met and had a great discussion about “The Forgotten Garden.” It was an engaging story with several twists and turns. If you didn’t have the chance to read the book, we recommend it.

The members present looked through the suggested readings and the input we received from club members and decided on the readings for the spring and summer discussions. More information will be out soon about those picks!!

We also decided to have a Holiday Party for our meeting in December!! Mark your calendars for December 9, and join us for a great discussion and a BOOK SWAP! Check back here for more information.

Hope to see you all in December. : )

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

We had a great discussion last time with Journal for Jordan, looking at both the romantic angle of the story and the military aspect. Coming up on Oct. 14 is The Known World by Edward P. Jones. This work of fiction looks at a real phenomenon–that of African Americans owning other African Americans as slaves.

Resources? Well, I know Special Collections on the 6th floor of the library has slave manifests. Speaking for myself, I experienced very powerful and chilling feelings holding it in my hand. It’s one thing to read about slaves or see something online, but quite another to hold the actual proof of such evil in your hands. Also interesting to me is the Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives of people from the Arlington area. It’s unsettling to see founding fathers of Arlington referred to as “Master.”

Anyone else have resources to share? Post them in the comments!

Journal For Jordan

As you know, Journal for Jordan is the campus OneBook this year. That means there are lots of great resources out there! Here are just a couple:

Good Times!

Thanks to everyone that joined the first-ever Mavs Book Club discussion! We had a great turn out with fifteen of us there from across campus to talk about the Henrietta Lacks story. The conversation and refreshments were enjoyed by all!

For further information about the book and its author, check out this website. There you will find interviews with the author and members of the Lacks family, photos, videos, and info about the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.

Hope to see you at next month’s Mavs Book Club discussion, Septmeber 9, for A Journal for Jordan. This title is the UTA OneBook for the coming academic year. Here is the reading guide for more information about the book and its related themes.

Looking forward to continuing the discussion!!

First Discussion, August 12, 2010

Tomorrow (Thursday, August 12) is the first Mavs Book Club discussion! We will have a social time at 5pm with refreshments & the discussion will begin at 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there. We will meet in the basement of the Central Library (look for a sign near the vending machines).

To get the conversation started, here are some Discussion Questions: Henrietta Lacks.


Welcome to the Mavs Book Club, a monthly book discussion group open to all Mavericks—staff, faculty, and students.

The club, which is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library, meets at 5:30 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of every month in the basement of the Central Library, starting August 12, 2010.

The Fall lineup of books has already been chosen, but please provide your ideas for Spring readings. Send the title, author, description, and reason you are recommending it to  Evelyn Barker, Diane Shepelwich, or C.D. Walter.